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Micro-credentials are also known as digital badges collected through apps, websites or data systems. They demonstrate learning in work or community settings rather than inside an academic institution.

For example, collecting badges for volunteering in a food bank, completing an online course or taking a workshop on coding.


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How micro-credentials work

How micro-credentials work

A digital credential carries information about a learning achievement someone has earned. The credential includes the training provider, a description of the learning, when the credential was issued and who received it. These badges can be shared through social media, an e-portfolio or a CV.

The benefit of micro-credentials is their potential reach to individuals of all ages, education levels, socioeconomic and racial/ethnic groups, and industry backgrounds.


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The pros and cons of micro-credentials


  • Learners can use micro-credentials to “stack” new modules and skills on top of previous education and training.
  • They are more affordable and flexible than traditional higher education courses.


  • A potential obstacle is ensuring governments recognize these digital badges as steps on a learning path that might lead to the equivalent of a degree. 


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Future world of work

The pandemic has accelerated the arrival of the future of work, especially automation and the adoption of new technologies.

Four in 10 workers will need reskilling of six months or less, and over 90% of companies expect employees to pick up new skills on the job.


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